Experts who took part in a June 2000 discussion reveal that countries in the Andean region suffer from deep problems of governance: crisis of citizenship, reflected in widespread apathy and low levels of participation in the political process; the decline of political parties; corruption and a lack of accountability of civilian as well as military elites; weak institutions; and the military's involvement in politics.
Latin American Program in the News: "Gun smuggling to Mexico dented, but hardly slowed, by border searches"
This article on smuggled weapons coming into Mexico features quotes from Eric Olson.
Brazil has conducted some of the world's most stunning experiments in participatory democracy, most notably the creation of city budgets through local citizens' meetings. Leonardo Avritzer introduces a fresh analytical approach, highlighting civic participation's most effective means and expanding the empirical base for assessing state institutions.
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson co-authored this op-ed on the effects of the arrest of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.
Gil Kerlikowske’s comments on the legalization of drugs were quoted in this piece. Kerlikowske participated in the National Conversation: “Drug Policy: A 21st Century Approach to Reform” held at the Wilson Center. (In Spanish)
Director Cynthia J. Arnson on the independence and dependency of regional countries on Venezuela.
The Washington Post features articles about Latin America by the five Washington Post-Woodrow Wilson Center Fellows. The program brings professional journalists from Latin America to Washington, D.C. for a two-week exchange of dialogue and professional development.
Cynthia Arnson appeared on CTV News to discuss the international ramifications of Chávez's possible successor, Nicolás Maduro.